Burgen named to Bowling Hall of Fame

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By Mike Aldridge

Kent Burgan of Harrison County was named to the Kentucky State Bowling Hall of Fame this month in ceremonies held in Owensboro.  
Nominees are elected based on their service and or skill in the sport of bowling. They must also show, through their competitive skills, leadership and/or contributions that they have enriched the reputation and progress of the game of bowling.  
Burgan was named in the performance category.
Burgan began bowling at an early age of 8 years old. While there were no youth leagues in Cynthiana, Burgan’s dad Prentice (Pete) was the manager of Bel-Aire Lanes and his son spent a lot of time with him at the bowling alley.  
While helping his father, Burgan was also fortunate to learn the sport from his father who was also a highly skilled bowler.  
Burgan progressed as he aged, bowling his first perfect game (300) when he was 16 years old.
In 35 years of bowling Burgan has accomplished several marks that made him a perfect candidate for the Kentucky Hall of Fame.  
Some of them are 41 300 games, 20 800 series with the highest being 842, and numerous 11 strikes in a row games.  
His highest average was a 242 in 96 games and he has held the highest average in the local association for many years.  
Burgan won the Kentucky State Tournament All-Events twice, cashed in the ABC Master Tournament, was a PBA member and cashed in a PBA tournament and was the National Elks Singles Champion in 2013.  
In 2003, Burgan was elected to the Northern Bluegrass Bowling Hall of Fame.  He has bowled in the USBC Open Championships for many years and the KSBA State Tournament for about as long.
“My dad and mother were big supporters as I was growing up and started to bowl around the state,” said Burgan. “Bill and Betsy Coblentz, who owned the bowling alley at the time, were also supporters and backers.”
Burgan and his wife Taylena are the owners of VanHook Hardware, Tay’s Cloth Peddler, and the Galactic Alley on U.S. 27 North. They also manage their farm along with raising their daughter, Autumn.  Burgan, still finds time to bowl in two leagues each week.
One of Burgan’s favorite past times is promoting the game of bowling throughout the community and the Harrison County High School bowling team. Burgan’s older brother Kurt was the first coach of the HCHS bowling teams and Kent has been right along side helping in many ways. He serves as a mentor to many of the young bowlers who bowl in Cynthiana.